Programme overview

The programme of this year's Annual Conference includes a wide range of activities:

  • Opening and closing plenary sessions
  • Master classes – to hear the latest from high profile experts and thought leaders
  • Workshops – to delve deeper into key issues and strategies
  • Case studies – to hear how other organisations are responding to the same challenges
  • How-to sessions – to develop the skills to succeed in your role in the Network
  • Matchmaking – a space to network, share company profiles and ideas
  • Working meetings – time and space for Network partners to get down to work on specific issues
  • National meetings – National consortia can take advantage of the rooms available at the venue to organise their own meetings on Wednesday 22 November

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Legends - Activities

 

Digitalisation of the European Industry – Challenges and Opportunities

 

Funding and investment opportunities for SMEs

 

Innovation management

 

Internationalisation

 

Aiming at excellence: Internal Network tools and process

 

MONDAY 20th NOVEMBER

 

 

 11.00-14.30

Registration – Meet & Greet – Welcome lunch

 14.30-15.30

 Opening Plenary Session

Featuring: Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia; Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, European Commission; Kristin Schreiber, Director, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and Julien Guerrier, Director, EASME.
Keynote speaker: Kaidi Ruusalepp, Founder and CEO of Funderbeam.

Moderator: Katrina Sichel

15.30-16.00

 

 

 matchmaking area

 

 

 

Bilateral meetings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee break - Catering area

Speakers' Corner - Level 3

Apollo1

Artis 1 

Apollo 5 

Apollo 6 

Artis 2 

Apollo 7 

16.00-17.00

 

Going global: how the EU  helps SMEs to internationalise 

 

 An update on the overall EU framework for supporting SME internationalisation, followed by a discussion on possible synergies and improvements

How can the EEN best work with the new European Innovation Council?

 

 This session will provide updates on the setting up of the EIC and discuss how it can build on the work done by the EEN.

 

The digital transformation of SMEs: key challenges 

 

 SMEs are facing challenges in today's increasingly digitised business. This session will feature a panel discussion and exchange with the audience on what the EEN can do to best support them. 

POD without 'offers' and 'requests': build your website around what users
actually want

 

How can you have a website better meeting the needs of your clients? 

Crowdfunding – options, skills, thesis, and a scenario

 

What is crowdfunding and how can it help your clients?  This workshop explores how, including synchronising it with other financial instruments.

Upgrading innovation management in SMEs

 

This session will focus on the key steps in the innovation management client journey.

  

17.00-18.00

 

AUDITORIUM

Implementing the Vision

 

The EEN's Vision document now needs to be turned into reality: this session will discuss how.

Linking Horizon 2020 and COSME EEN services

 

 How to better structure the link between EEN-COSME and Horizon 2020 activities for the benefit of the client SMEs.

Bringing Merlin to a new era

 

 An interactive brainstorming on the state of play and future development of the Network's main IT tools.

So, tell us your story

 

This hands-on session gives the tools to tell a memorable story as well as inspiration and ideas on how to use stories in your work.  

Making the connection: engaging with Eureka and Eurostars

 

Improve your understanding of what Eureka and Eurostars offer and how working together can help your clients.

 

Digitalise your retail business

 

 Find out about the latest e-commerce pratices and technologies in Europe and case studies. Help your clients embrace new opportunities arising in the retail sector.

Apollo 1

Is international cooperation the new innovation?

 

Get to know EU projects dealing with SME internationalisation, including Business Beyond Borders, Gateway / Business Avenues, Innovation Centres and many others! 

   

19.30-23.30

Networking Dinner at the Seaplane Harbour 

Dress code: Cocktail dress & smart attire

 

 

 TUESDAY 21st NOVEMBER

 

 

 09.00-09.30

catering area
Welcome Coffee 

 09.30-10.45

 

 

 

matchmaking area

 

Bilateral meetings 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apollo1

Artis 1 

Apollo 5 

Apollo 6 

Artis 2 

Apollo 7 

Re-shaping EEN Single Market Services to address new challenges

 

This workshop will show how the EEN can reshape its Single Market Services as part of the implementation of the Vision, including areas to focus on to generate more impact and client engagement.

 

SME Instrument business acceleration services​ 

 

An insight into these services and the Network's role in them.

Innovation Masterclass: Innovation Strategy

 

This session will look at how to better implement innovation management support and assessment, including through a new practical tool: the Innovation Strategy Canvas.

How to help SMEs to gain access to finance and give a successful pitch

 

This workshop focuses on a critical aspect an
SME faces when planning an investment decision: the relationship
with the
potential investor

EEN meets Watify: SME digital transformation and why it matters

 

Inspire your clients to transform their businesses with the help of the Watify campaign. The workshop will also identify how the campaign can better interact with the Network. 

Social media with dignity and grace

More Network partners than ever are using social media. Colleagues will share their experiences and provide insights into what works and what doesn't and the latest tools. Other experiences and ideas welcome!. 

 

10.45-11.15

 

Coffee break - Catering area
Speakers' Corner -
Level 3 

 

 

 

 

 

Design Thinking
parts 1 & 2
11.00 – 13.00


This workshop consists of and links two “must haves” of modern business development: business model concept and design thinking method. We will discuss how to use them both for the biggest impact on our clients.

11.15-12.30 

 

Boost your
brokerage events and matchmaking

 

Best practice and lessons learned from a range of Network partners

 

Scale-up Lab - helping ambitious businesses grow and scale

 

 This session will showcase what the Network is doing to help businesses scale up, including the work of the new Scale-up Thematic group and the work of Scale-up Advisors.

Breaking the silos, bringing multiple EU services to the business community

 Presentation of the EU Open4Business campaign organised since 2015 in cooperation with the EEN local partners of the target countries. Focus will be on innovations introduced in 2017. In this session we will explore together with the EEN partners who hosted the events the lessons learned and the way ahead for 2018.

Seeking business impact – synergies  with Interreg Europe

 

 Learn how a Network partner can achieve
business impact for their clients through
the Interreg Europe project NICHE, including the use of the IMP³rove
Assessment tool.

 Digital Innovation: analysing a company's digital innovation

 

This session will explore how to make use of the Digital Innovation Quotient and how to best build it into the broader service portfolio the Network offers to highly innovative companies.

 

 

 

 12.30-14.00

 

Lunch break - Catering area
Speakers' Corner - Level 3 
 

 

 14.00-15.15

 

Tapping innovation potential

 

 This will cover two aspects: the Innovation Radar: an EU initiative identifying and monitoring high potential innovations, and ways in which EEN can work with technology centres to help SMEs take up advanced technologies.

 

Partnering process: your roadmap for a successful client journey

 

This session will explain how the partnering process work and promote best practice.

 

Helping SMEs to digitalise: good practices from EEN host organisations

 

Many host organisations have developed services to help SME clients to digitalise, digitalising themselves at the same time. Representatives from Chambers of Commerce & Industry will discuss what they have learnt.

 

It's good to go green: helping SMEs benefit from the green economy

 This workshop will look at the opportunities available from resource efficiency and clean energy and how EEN members can encourage clients to use these.

Public Procurement for Innovation –demand-driven R&D&I opportunities

 

Share your ideas and experience in this interactive round table session

Connect with the world – showcases for BCC cooperation

 

An interactive workshop showcasing cooperation with third countries through projects and success stories. 

 

15.15-15.45

  Coffee break - Catering area
Speakers' Corner - Level 3

 15.45-17.00

Closing Plenary Session and Best Practice Awards
Closing speech: Kristin Schreiber,
Director, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Moderators: Katrina Sichel & Susanne Baden

 17.00-19.00

COCKTAIL  
A special moment to relax

and catch-up with Network colleagues

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 22nd NOVEMBER

 

 09.00-09.30

catering area
Welcome Coffee 

 09.30-10.30

 

matchmaking area

 

Bilateral meetings 

Apollo1

Artis 1

Apollo 5

Apollo 6

Artis 2

Apollo 7


National meeting: Hungary

EEN Pilot projects information session:
enhancing participation of women in the H2020 SME Instrument and opportunities for entrepreneurs in the sharing economy


Thematic Group executives: state of play


Thematic group kick-off meeting: Circular Economy


National Meeting: Czech Republic

 


Buddy2
Match meeting

10.30-10.45 

catering area 
Coffee break

10.45-11.30

National meeting: Germany 

 National meeting: France Sector Group meeting: Creative industries Sector Group meeting: Maritime  

LATAM BCC meeting

11.30 - 13.00

National meeting: Poland

      Thematic group meeting: Access to Finance 

 

 

SPEAKERS' CORNER

 

Monday 20th November

15:30-16:00 – Speaker: ARCTIK SPRL/ DG ENV

Business support tools for environmental innovation and management for the circular economy

 

Tuesday 21st November

10:45-11:15 – Speaker: EU–OSHA

EEN OSHA Awards promoting safety and health at work in SMEs

 

12:30-13:00 – Speaker: Technopolis Group

H2020 project: Capturing innovation impulses from emerging economies

 

13:30-14:00 – Speaker: ECHA

10 years of REACH – achievements and challenges

 

15:15-15:45 – Speaker: Small Business Standards (SBS)

The voice of European SMEs in standardisation